During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper over the weekend, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said that no Republicans would be voting to raise the debt ceiling to pass the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion social-spending bill and that Democrats have enough votes to do so themselves if they want to continue their “very damaging spending spree.”
“I will certainly be voting no if the Democrats insist on combining the debt ceiling increase or suspension with the continuing operations of the government,” Toomey said. “And there is no calamity that’s going to happen, Jake. If that were even a serious risk, don’t you think the equity markets from last week, rather than fully recovering after the scare that came out of Evergrande in China, rather than fully recovering, as they did, maybe they would have traded off? I think that’s because the millions of investors across America know that no such calamity is going to occur.”
“Why?” Tapper asked.
“What’s going to happen is, after Republicans vote no, Chuck Schumer is going to do what he could have done months ago, what he could have done weeks ago, what he could do tomorrow, and that is, he will amend the budget resolution so that Democrats can pass the debt ceiling all by themselves,” Toomey said. “And that’s what should happen. And here’s why, Jake. They are in the midst of an absolutely unprecedented, very damaging spending spree on a scale that we have never seen. And they want us to come along and authorize the borrowing to help pay for it, when we are totally opposed to what they’re doing.”
“They don’t need a single Republican vote. Republicans can’t stop it,” Toomey continued. “It’s not subject to a filibuster. And if they want to do this, they can go ahead and bring the attention of the American people to the increase in debt that we’re going to need to pay for this spending spree.”
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